To Whom Should You Entrust Your Criminal Defense?

In 2012, about 12,765 murder cases were reported in the U.S. and, during the past years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has been making more than 30,000 arrests every year due to drug-related crimes.

Murder and drug-related crimes are very serious offenses. However, no one can ever guarantee that every suspect convicted is guilty of the crime he/she is accused of, especially if the defendant pleaded guilty and under a plea bargaining agreement.

Such is the case of 25-year old Rosa Sade Batts who was stopped by cops in an area that was well known for prostitution and drug trade. When asked if she carried a weapon or anything illegal, Batts said “no”; however, she said that she had baking flour (inside her purse) which she liked to eat.

Upon inspection of her bag, the cops found a black plastic bag which contained 6.95 grams of white powder and which had a long straw sticking up from it. The cops’ field-test kit identified the powder as cocaine and the cops themselves were convinced that it looked like cocaine.

Batts was arrested and charged with prostitution and possession of a controlled substance; she faced the possibility of 20 years in prison due to the amount of the alleged cocaine that she carried. The district attorney, however, offered her a deal: forgo a trial and plead guilty for minimum sentence. She accepted and began serving her sentence of two years in state prison.

Ten months after she started serving her sentence, a laboratory report revealed that the white powder found in Batts’ possession was not cocaine or any kind of controlled substance; she carried nothing illegal, but had to plead guilty just to save herself from spending what may be half her life in jail. Still a week later, Batts was released from prison and, after a few months, she was granted habeas corpus relief by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.

It is a wonder how hundreds, even thousands, of individuals can commit crimes, especially sex crimes, rape and child pornography. Equally surprising is how come there are lawyers willing to defend them.

According to one criminal defense lawyer from the law firm Horst Law, not all individuals who are charged with crimes by the government are guilty. Rarely does the “system” intentionally arrest and charge an innocent person, but false allegations by vindictive spouses, business partners, angry family members, and others with a motive are sometimes made.

There may be thousands of criminal defense lawyers available in your state, but only a handful may really be convinced that you are innocent until proven guilty. You may also be able to trust all criminal defense lawyers but, again, there may only be a handful who you can really work with and to whom you can and should entrust your case. Make sure you choose a criminal defense lawyer you can confidently feel at ease with.